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DMJ24
Greer SC 29651
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Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:06 am   Post subject: Dehydrating spaghetti squash


Has anyone here ever done it? If so, were you successful and was it worth it.
I am going to be feeding a family of 4 adults and 2 children. Perhaps 3 more adults, depending on the health of my 80 yr old parents and a brother.
I am trying to do away with a great deal of wheat. I believe we have wheat sensitivity in our family. And we love spaghetti. My daughter has thyroid problems and i have been reading that may be linked to wheat sensitivity.
Thought i would try it as a substitute. I do not have room to freeze anything so i thought perhaps dehydrating spaghetti squash may have possibility.
Any thoughts, suggestions on this?




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carolyn

northern ohio
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Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:46 am   


I haven't ever thought to dry it, but have you used it fresh? I found it to be very brittle the one and only time I tried it. (It tasted just like squash, too....I was expecting it to be a little milder that it was). I think the best results would be to use it fresh or cook it and freeze it, but if it frozen it may loose it's spaghetti like texture.

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Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:29 pm   


Try the Vermicelli Winter Squash (Spaghetti squash) I got seeds from Pinetree this winter to try. https://www.superseeds.com/products.php?search=vermicelli%20squash Stagger the plantings and you should have some to eat all summer and into the winter since the skin hardens and holds it for up to 6 months.

#38201 VERMICELLI SQUASH (F1 Hybrid 90 days) - $1.65

In the beginning it was all just pasta. But we curious bi-peds decided we needed more variety - linguinni, fettucini, orzo, perciatello, and yes vermicelli. This is pretty much the same - an improved spaghetti - it is earlier, grows more densely in less space, and is a more dependable provider of uniform fruit. This is a positive addition to your diet with great flavor. Spaghetti Squash also provides the can - when the skin becomes hardened the fruit will keep for up to 6 months. 15 seeds

I haven't bought regular spaghetti noodles in a long time, we love the squash! You do have to cook it longer than the directions say or it still has a raw squash taste to it. But with sauces of all sorts on it we haven't really missed the regular noodles.

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DMJ24
Greer SC 29651
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Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:31 am   


thanks
I didn"t realize there were so many varieties.
I was talking to the dietician today at the doctors office and she said she loved it. But had a hard time with cutting it. I told her to wash the outside really well and put the whole squash in the microwave for 3 to 5 minutes. then the knife will cut through the squash easily like a hot knfe through butter. I do that for any winter squash. I don't like cooking my winter squashes in water. gets too soggy.

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